Cycling UK Oxfordshire - Helping key workers and people in need

Cycling UK Oxfordshire - Helping key workers and people in need

Hi all,

I hope you are well and managing through these difficult times.  There is perhaps some consolation to be found once a day on a cycle ride, and the roads are certainly emptier than usual.  Please remember though that the purpose of the lock-down is to reduce pressure on the NHS and don't do anything too risky.  Cyclists in our group have been helping out their communities and key workers in several ways during the Coronavirus outbreak and I thought I'd let you know and ask for help with 'Bikes for key workers'.

One way cyclists are helping is through prescription delivery.  In Abingdon, Freewheeling and friends have created 'AbiMeds' which is now delivering medicines for 2 pharmacies, working alongside the local Coronavirus community support group.  This saves people the time and risk of visiting the pharmacy and the cyclists benefit from the exercise and follow carefully worked out procedures to ensure the medicines are safely delivered.  Similar schemes exist in Banbury and possibly other places - tell me if you know of others.

Windrush Bike Project is refurbishing bikes for key workers, particularly those who work in the NHS and Care Homes.  They normally refurbish bikes, but they have stepped-up activity to meet higher demand and are coping with the challenges of social distancing in a small workshop.  Last week they provided 13 keyworkers with bikes, 7 from stock and 6 refurbished.  But they have a waiting list of 39 key workers in Oxfordshire looking for a bike for travel to work!

This is where we ask for your help: to continue this project they need more money, bikes and tyres.

  • Money is needed for parts, lights, locks and workshop supervision - please give on  Windrush's Paypal Donation Page
  • Bikes are needed to pass on or refurbish - given the strain in the workshop these need to be bikes that can be ready and safe to ride with a few hours work (not a few days!)  If you think you know a suitable bike, contact Windrush or send a photo to admin@windrushbikeproject.uk
  • Tyres - particularly hybrid/road tyres that fit mountain bikes (26") as they get many of these bikes with knobbly tyres that they like to convert.  Again, contact Windrush to arrange a safe drop-off.

We are donating some money from Cycling UK Oxfordshire funds to support this valuable project.  We encourage our members to support it further if you can.

     

    Best wishes and stay safe,

    Robin Tucker

    Secretary, Cycling UK Oxfordshire